AAA Membership & America The Beautiful Annual Pass are NANCY APPROVED!
My husband and I took a road-trip of the Pacific Northwest in August. During a three-week period, we traveled over 5,000 miles starting from our home in Los Angeles to Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada and back. We made multiple stops in-between seeing such beautiful areas as Mount Hood and Trillium Lake, Mount Rainier, Glacier National Park and more!
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring some of the awesome road-trip highlights that achieved NANCY APPROVED status.
However, before we hit the road, there are two NANCY APPROVED items that are must-haves to ensure an excellent trip, they are: AAA (American Automobile Association) Membership and America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreations Land Pass.
I am a 16-year member of the Automobile Club of Southern California. In addition to Roadside Assistance your membership provides access to thousands of discounts, travel planning services and more. When I prepped for our road-trip, I geeked out (a bit) when I went to my local AAA club to obtain road maps. You see, I really like maps and I really like using my internal-human navigational skills – just like I used to before the AI days of Waze and Google Maps. More importantly, the maps are handy to have available because you may not have cell service when you travel to remote areas.
Furthermore, you never know when you will need that Roadside Assistance. While in Montana, the keys to our truck were accidentally locked inside of it – 20 miles from cell phone service or civilization. After a kind Montana local gave me a lift into town, I contacted AAA and 45 minutes later, their representative Vince picked me up and took me back to the truck to unlock it. Dependable, friendly and efficient service!
National Park Services sells the America the Beautiful Annual Pass for $80 which provides you access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. The pass covers entrance fees, standard amenity fees and day use fees for driver and passengers (up to four adults). 100% of the proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services at the various locations. The pass quickly pays for itself and sometimes affords you the privilege of skipping long lines to enter a park. Discounts apply for Military, Seniors and 4th Graders.
Also, if you think you will only use the pass only on your road-trip, think again. It is perfect for those California weekend trips to Joshua Tree, San Francisco, Yosemite and so much more!